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What is family time and what value do we place on it? How many families today have time to be families? How do families view, use, and seek to control time, and how successful are they at it? Caught between a public world speeding along on information superhighways and their own private desire to preserve the family as a rest stop, family members look for new and efficient ways to protect, control, and manage their time. The concept of time is central to the study of families and is used in several different ways: families have changed through history, families experience the passage of time as they age over the life course, and families negotiate time for being together. Families & Time is the first ...

Time Together: The Social Construction of Family Time
Time together: The social construction of family time
The Social Meanings of Family Time

“Family time” is now a central part of Western discourse when referring to family experience. Many images can be conjured up for family time. Some of these are traditional with nostalgic hues: the family vacation, meals together, the family working together, attendance at religious functions, or time together on special occasions, feasts, or holidays. Others are more contemporary and reflect an escalated pace of life in families: time together in the car on the way to dropping off members for their individual activities, discussions around the microwave as individual dinners are being warmed up, or a serial discussion that occurs during the commercials. Although it ...

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